How We Help
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida's Mission is to provide programs and services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. In 2015 Goodwill SWFL served more than 42,400 people. That's roughly one in every 29 Southwest Florida residents. These programs are supported primarily through the resale of donated goods in our stores.
What is a "barrier to employment?"
A barrier to employment is any disadvantage which prevents individuals from gaining or maintaining employment. These barriers can include (but are not limited to) a lack of education, age, physical or mental disabilities, lack of computer access, language barriers, and economic constraints.
How do we help people in Southwest Florida?
Goodwill provides numerous programs and services in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties to help people become more independent and self-sufficient.
These programs include educational initiatives, like the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy and Able Trust High School HighTech. We offer job readiness training through our Job-Link Centers and the Pathways to Work supported employment program. We provide small business training through the Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute. Goodwill operates 16 income-subsidized disability-accessible housing complexes. Goodwill helps people get employment training and certifications, and provides community outreach services, including a Teen Outreach Program in Lee County. Plus, adults with disabilities gain opportunities to become more independent through Pathways to Opportunity (an adult day training program) and Trailways Camps (a residential camping experience).
Approximately 84% of the revenue we generate in our stores supports these programs!
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!